Canadian Music

Canada is located in northern North America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean on the east, North Pacific Ocean on the west, and the Arctic Ocean on the north, north of the conterminous United States of America

Music in Canada

Roots music in Canada includes the sound of the aboriginal inhabitants as well as the music of immigrants from many parts of the world. The aboriginal inhabitants of Canada are known as First Nations. Many of them are recovering traditions and there is a thriving pow wow circuit that Canadian aboriginals share with American Indians living in the United States.

Two European nations had a strong influence in the music of Canada. Great Britain colonized many of Canada’s provinces and the settlers brought with them Scottish and English folk music. Celtic music has a deep influence in some Atlantic Canadian provinces such as Cape Breton and Nova Scotia. The other European nation that settled what is now Canada was France. Even though it lost the war, the province of Quebec has a majority of French speakers and their folk music, known as Quebecois, is popular in North American folk circles.

In recent decades, Chinese, Latin American, African and South Asian immigrants have added their cultures to the Canadian melting pot, creating exciting fusions and cross cultural hybrids.

Canadian Musicians

André Brunet
Anita Katakkar
Allie Mombourquette
De Temps Antan
Éric Beaudry
Jayme Stone
Loreena McKennitt
Natalie MacMaster
Red Chamber
Tanya Tagaq

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